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Venue : Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2BE (see below for location map)
Surrey Archaeological Society is holding a major conference centred on the period between about AD 410 to AD 470 when, in our part of the country, Roman Britain became Saxon England.
The South-East corner of England ought to be a key area in the understanding of this period. It has long been recognised that a simple 'invasion and replacement' demographic model should not be imposed in this, or any other region of England. Here (again, as elsewhere) there are clear examples of important elements of the Late Roman infrastructure of sites and roads emerging as components of the Early Anglo-Saxon settlement pattern. But we still have very little archaeological evidence for the period, in particular from c. AD 410-470.
The aim of the conference is to bring together a number of scholars with relevant expertise from each side of this gap and challenge them to say what they think was happening. Were many of the ‘Saxons’ here before the end of the Roman period? Is there a case for much more assimilation and continuity than is suggested in the traditional histories of the period? Can we arrive at a new model for the transition from Roman to Saxon in the South-East that takes account of current understanding of the later Roman and early Saxon periods, and establish a programme of work by which the model could be tested?
The conference is hosted by Surrey Archaeological Society and one of its aims will be to provide a basis for future research in the (historic) county.
10.00 Welcome and introductory remarks
Chair - Professor Simon Esmonde Cleary
10.10 Late Roman coinage in south-eastern England and beyond
Dr Peter Guest, Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Cardiff University
10.50 Coffee and tea
11.30 Pottery, power and small worlds at the end of Roman Britain
Dr James Gerrard, Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Newcastle University
12.10 Thinking about transitions: perspectives from Eastern England
Dr Sam Lucy, Fellow of Newnham College, University of Cambridge
14.00 Inheritance and transformation: engaging with the past in the early medieval funerary landscape of Southern England
Dr Kate Mees, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Durham
14.40 The Upper Thames Valley in the 5th Century and the origins of Wessex
Prof. Helena Hamerow, Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology, Institute of Archeology, University of Oxford
16.00 From Roman Britain to Anglo-Saxon England: an overview of connections and disconnections in the archaeological evidence
Prof. John Hines, Professor of Archaeology, Cardiff University [to be read by Lisa Backhouse]
16.40 Exploring the post-Roman to early Anglo-Saxon transition in SE Britain: new perspectives from Quoit Brooch style metalwork
Dr Ellen Swift, Reader in Archaeology, University of Kent
17.20 Chair Discussion and closing comments
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